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July, August peak months to search for bullfrogs

July 11, 2004

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July is known for its scorchers, but for the adventurous outdoorsman there is one way to beat the heat.

With all the rain Kansas has had this year, there should be plenty of spots to go bullfrogging. Cool nighttime suspense is there for the taking. With flashlight in hand and perhaps a youngster or two in tow, it's time for great summer fun.

Bullfrogs abound in marshes, ponds and streams throughout the Sunflower State. The frog season began July 1 and will run through Oct. 31, but the peak months for frogging are July and August.

A valid fishing license is required to take bullfrogs (unless exempt by law), and they can be taken by hook and line, gigging, dip net, hand or bow and arrow.

It doesn't take any fancy equipment -- just a light, a cloth sack, an old pair of tennis shoes and access to a local pond, marsh, or shallow stream. The best method is to walk quietly through the water and shine a strong light along the bank.

Frogs are temporarily stunned by the bright light and most of the time can be netted or grabbed easily.

Frog legs are regarded as a delicacy in many restaurants and have a taste and texture similar to shrimp. A popular way to cook frog legs is to dip them in egg and milk, then roll them in a mixture of flour, corn meal, seasoning salt and pepper.

The legs are then fried to a golden brown in about a half-inch of sunflower oil or deep-fat fried over high heat.

The daily creel limit is eight frogs and the possession limit is 24.

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